Our strategies are closely aligned with the child development philosophies of Jean Piaget and Jerome Bruner and supported by leading educational psychologists today.
According to these experts, all children transition from the concrete to the pictorial and finally the symbolic stage of learning at their own pace. Similarly, TouchMath students learn math concepts at the concrete level first and then progress to the pictorial level. When they are ready for higher levels of cognitive thinking, we introduce symbolic math and memorization.
Children learn most effectively when all of their senses are involved. As they see, say, hear and touch using our signature TouchPoints on the numerals they easily make the connection between the numeral and the quantity it represents. TouchMath is an intuitive process, designed by and for young learners.
Our signature TouchPoints provide these unique advantages:
- Children enjoy a multisensory math experience while keeping their attention focused on their paper
- For older students and students with learning differences, TouchPoints are a portable and invisible tool that can be used for as long as needed
- Students can arrive at the correct answer without guessing
- Our methodology develops comprehension and supports memorization
Our designers are acutely aware of the importance of building student self-esteem and confidence as we deliver information. Each page has plentiful workspace, large print and a manageable number of problems so children are not overwhelmed. Materials for older students use age-appropriate graphics and packaging.
Unique visual cues will help your child develop left/right directionality, reduce number reversals and understand place value.
Our sequential strategy is structured so that children fully understand one skill before we introduce the next. They feel optimistic and confident as they assimilate new information.
Read more about TouchMath from educators, parents and students.
The secret to TouchMath is simple. In fact, it can be summed up in one word: TouchPoints.
Each numeral from 1 through 9 has TouchPoints corresponding to the digit's value.
- Numerals 1 through 5 have single TouchPoints
- Numerals 6 through 9 have double TouchPoints
- As students count the TouchPoints, they associate numerals with real values. They learn that a numeral (3, for instance) is not just a squiggle on a page. It represents a quantity such as three apples, three ladybugs, three buttons or three TouchPoints.
Students count aloud as they touch the single TouchPoints once and double TouchPoints twice. This multisensory approach engages students on auditory, visual and tactile/kinesthetic levels.
To ensure that students arrive at the right answer, it is important that they touch the TouchPoints in the correct Touching/Counting Pattern.
Computations are easier using TouchMath because all basic operations are based on counting. In TouchMath addition, students count forward. In subtraction, they count backward. In multiplication and division, they count in sequences. Students touch, count and repeat each problem and answer aloud to reinforce fact mastery.
Learn to teach TouchMath easily and effectively by viewing our 60-minute, interactive online video.
- How TouchPoints engage all the senses. TouchPoints are an invisible, portable and reliable tool that students can leave behind as they develop memorization skills.
- Touching/Counting Patterns that help students associate a numeral with its real value. These are the basis for more advanced math skills.
- Our step-by-step process for:
- TouchMath Addition
- TouchMath Backward Counting
- TouchMath Subtraction
- TouchMath Skip Counting
- TouchMath Multiplication
- TouchMath Division
Click here to begin your training (if you already have a TouchMath account).
Click here to create a new account that will enable you to watch the video.
Use the training manual to work along with the video. You can download and print the manual by sections, or in its entirety, when you begin your training.
The easiest way to start using TouchMath immediately is by purchasing our downloadable Activity Sheets. The sheets are organized by grade level and skill so you can quickly choose the appropriate material for your student(s) and try it out before you make a larger commitment.
Click here to find more complete TouchMath material best-suited for your student(s).
For students with specials needs, review the Web site sections on learning differences.